I think I learned my lesson when I stopped up until the early hours of the morning in order to watch Sony’s lacklustre PlayStation 4 ‘reveal’ so at 11:30 I was tucked up in bed leaving the Galaxy S IV news until the morning. At a glance, what had been revealed was no different from the Galaxy S III, so I was glad I didn’t stay up to watch the live event. Looks aside it’s more about what’s inside the Galaxy S IV that makes it special..
With the trickle of Galaxy S IV leaks turning into a torrent it soon became pretty obvious what ‘The Next Big Thing’ was going to look like. We pretty much had the specifications down, we had an idea about the shape of the device, and we also knew about some of the Samsung specific features such as the Smart Scroll. So what’s new? What was revealed at the broadway-esque launch event that Samsung put on lastnight?
A plethora of Samsung Exclusive Features
It’s Samsung’s unique features that give the Galaxy series an edge over the competitors, we already new about the Smart Scroll, a feature that apparently tracked your eyes to tell when you’re at the bottom of the screen and scrolled for you – the thing is, it’s not eye tracking technology. Though the Smart Scroll doesn’t need you to touch the screen, it doesn’t track your eyes, in fact all it does is recognise that there’s a face looking at the phone and then the user tilts their hand up or down to scroll the page – not as impressive as we first thought it would be.
Smart Pause is a new one, again with facial recognition the Galaxy S IV keeps tabs on you looking at the screen. If you’re watching a video for example, and someone distracts you and you look away from the phone Smart Pause pauses the video until you look back, and continues to play the video.
Speaking of not having to touch the phone the Galaxy S IV takes a leaf out of the Note II’s book with Air View. On the Note, you hovered the S Pen over an image, and it flips over giving you a chance to scribble a note on the back. Hovering the S Pen also gives you a quick look through the gallery too without having to open it as well as previewing a video before pressing play. Well imagine all that, but replace the S pen with your finger – that’s Air View.
The Samsung Galaxy S IV comes with a 13 megapixel main (rear) camera, with a 2 megapixel full HD recording at 30 fps front facing camera, on their own don’t seem so special, but with Samsung’s Dual Camera function, you get the option to use both at the same time. You can choose to either display the images side by side, or in an Air Play style overlay as well as make Dual Video Calls giving you the ability to show the recipient what you’re looking at without having to switch cameras.
The Samsung Galaxy S IV will also have a new Group Play function that’ll give S IV owners the ability to share games, music, and photo’s between devices without the need for a mobile signal or WiFi internet connection.
Another new feature is an updated S Health app, this feature is for those fitness nuts out there. The Galaxy S IV has a pedometer built in for tracking steps, as well as the S Health app tracking food nutrition from it’s database. The S Health app is also compatible with a new S Band accessory which keeps track of steps as well as heart rate and other stats that fitness apps like to keep track of.
Last but not least we’ve got the S Translate feature that offers instant translation of emails and text messages, I see this feature being a shot at international businessmen and women who often deal with foreign clients or partners. Nice!
So if you hadn’t seen the rumoured specs then you won’t know that there has always been two conflicting ‘leaks’ that made us all unsure that they were legitimate or not and that was the processor, one rumour said that it’d be coming with a Snapdragon processor, another said it’d be coming with Samsung’s Exynos processor. It turns out both of the leaks were correct with the one version of the handset coming with an octa-core 1.6GHz Samsung Exynos processor, and another region getting the Snapdragon S4 1.9 GHz quad-core processor it’ll also have a whopping 2GB of RAM to back the processors up.
In terms of network the Galaxy S IV will have full LTE (4G) capabilities and will come with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 out of the box.
As mentioned previously we’ve got a 13-megapixel rear camera with a 2-megapixel front facing camera both with full HD capabilities and the device will come in either 16, 32, or 64GB variants each with a MicroSD slot (up to 64GB).
The screen is probably the most exciting feature with Samsung’s first “Full HD Super AMOLED display”. At a whopping 4.99 (read 5) inches, the screen displays an impressive resolution of 1920 x 1080 with 441ppi beating the iPhones Retina Screen (but it’s loosing out to the HTC One by a few pixels). The battery power is also quite large at 2,600MAH, but it’s probably needed for the huge, Full HD Super AMOLED screen, and stupid fast processor..
It’s also been reported that Samsung have partnered with third party keyboard developers SwiftKey to have it’s keyboard technology built into the Samsung Galaxy S IV.
So there you have it, a phone that seemingly looks like the Galaxy S III but packs a punch that’s more powerful than some of the more popular phones available.
In terms of release date we’re looking at April 25th for the UK which some people have been concerned about with the Google I/O event only a month after (May 15th-17th). What this means is that if the rumours of a new OS being announced is true, Samsung’s new flagship device will be stuck with an old version of the Android OS thanks to the time it takes for Google to deliver the things needed for manufacturers like Samsung and HTC to get the new OS onto their phones.
We’ll be updating the site as soon as we hear more news about the device so keep n3rdabl3 bookmarked![Sources: CNET, Android Central, The Verge, Tech Radar, ReadWrite, TechCrunch]